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“Spiritual” advance directive

Every adult needs to complete an advance directive (and that means you, too!). It is the health care planning document […]

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Release

Kim Eckenroth, MS, APRN, FNP-C, co-founder and vice president, often writes devotionals for our staff. We thought you might also appreciate […]

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When the worrying won’t stop

Worry is useful when it calls us to action. But it’s a problem when it becomes an ongoing state of […]

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In Our Own Words… Another day in the life of Gentle Shepherd Hospice staff — Part 2

by Lynette Mull, Director of Strategic Development & Mission Advancement Yesterday there was a beautiful outpouring of love, appreciation and […]

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In Our Own Words… A day in the hearts of Gentle Shepherd staff — Part 1

By Lynette Mull, Director of Strategic Development & Mission Advancement Hardly a day goes by here that one of our […]

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Managing chronic pain

“Chronic pain” is pain that lasts for 12 weeks or more. The cause is usually nervous system misfiring, like a […]

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God in Front

Kim Eckenroth, MS, APRN, FNP-C, co-founder and vice president, often writes devotionals for our staff. We thought you might also appreciate […]

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Siblings

Kim Eckenroth, MS, APRN, FNP-C, our co-founder and vice president of patient services, often writes devotionals for our staff. We thought […]

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The Love of Parents

Co-founder and Vice President Kim Eckenroth, MS, APRN, FNP-C, often writes devotionals for our staff. We thought you might also appreciate them, so […]

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Dementia: safety and independence

Everyone with a memory loss condition deserves the opportunity to stay engaged in life for as long as possible. Early […]

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Smartwatches for seniors

The makers of smartwatches are now designing products for older adults. And they just may have come up with an […]

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Researching treatments online

For those facing a serious—or even incurable—condition, the Internet can seem to be the last refuge of hope. But how […]

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In Our Words — Behind the scenes

Staff comments compiled by: Lynette Mutter Mull, Director of Strategic Development and Mission Advancement Hardly a week (or day) goes […]

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Age-friendly kitchen

Aging creates so many “new normals.” Even routine activities such as cooking may become challenging for your loved one. Balance […]

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The Power of Words

Co-founder and Vice President Kim Eckenroth, MS, APRN, FNP-C, often writes devotionals for our staff. We thought you might also appreciate them, so […]

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Setting Limits Nicely

Many of us were raised to believe that the only polite or kind answer is “yes.” But as Dr. Christine […]

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The Love of Family

Co-founder and Vice President Kim Eckenroth, MS, APRN, FNP-C, often writes devotionals for our staff. We thought you might also appreciate them, so […]

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Conserving Energy

People with congestive heart failure (CHF) often tire easily, especially if they exert themselves. In CHF, the heart is swollen […]

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Embarrassing Behaviors

What do you do when sweet Mom starts cursing angrily? When straitlaced Dad makes off-color remarks?   In persons with […]

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Bathing and Dementia

Bathing brings many discomforts. Bathrooms can feel cold and drafty when a person is wet. And running water can be […]

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Mackenzie recently shared this with us. She is a welcomed member of the Gentle Shepherd family!

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Signature strength: Calm

Many of us admire people who have the gift of remaining calm. Calm as a signature strength is the ability […]

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Preparing for a safe return

No one can keep an eye on another person 24/7. Even in the most vigilant household, a loved one with […]

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The Empty Bowl

Co-founder and Vice President Kim Eckenroth, MS, APRN, FNP-C, often writes devotionals for our staff. We thought you might also appreciate them, so […]

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How to discourage wandering

It is natural to fear that a loved one with dementia may wander. Indeed, 60% of people with Alzheimer’s do […]

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2019 Medicare improvements

Here’s some good news to start the year! In 2019, we’ll see improvements in coverage across the major Medicare plans. […]

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The power of sleep

When your schedule gets tight, is sleep one of the first things to go? According to the experts, that’s all […]

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A new year reflection

After the hubbub of the holidays and in the darkest nights at year’s end, nature seems to beckon us to […]

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Preventing Burnout

Burnout is more than stress. And it isn’t just undesirable. It’s a risky condition. The consequences of burnout include emotional […]

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The Sweetest Gift

Praying for our friends and families who have lost a loved one this year. May you find comfort in this […]

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Stress or Burnout?

Most of us know it when we’re stressed. We talk about it, and we talk about needing to do something […]

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Winter Weather Preparedness

Time to prepare your home, car and family for the season’s first snow. Patients: please call us if you have […]

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Gifts for Older Adults

What to get for the “chronologically gifted?” The age-friendly ideas below address the special interests or concerns of persons in […]

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Exercise and COPD: an oxymoron?

Does Mom say she feels too weak to exercise? Does Dad run out of breath just walking down the street? […]

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The Resilient Life

Co-founder and Vice President Kim Eckenroth, MS, APRN, FNP-C, often writes devotionals for our staff. We thought you might also appreciate them, so […]

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Grandfather of Gentle Shepherd nursing assistant is only living Tuskegee Airman in WV

Honoring the grandfather of Timmea Wolfe, CNA The Tuskegee Airmen were African American military pilots who served their country diligently […]

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Savoring good experiences

Sharing happy experiences, like sharing a good meal, warms and strengthens friendships and family bonds. There are other benefits to […]

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Grandfather of Gentle Shepherd nursing assistant is only living Tuskegee Airman in WV

Honoring the grandfather of Timmea Wolfe, CNA The Tuskegee Airmen were African American military pilots who served their country diligently […]

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When your parent drinks too much

Alcohol is a sensitive subject. Consider asking your parent’s doctor or a respected friend to initially bring up the subject. […]

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Late-life veterans’ issues

If the person you care for is a combat veteran, you may not have heard much about those experiences. You […]

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Signature Strength: Courage

In the tradition of “positive psychology,” we encourage family caregivers to know and use their signature strengths. These personality traits […]

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Preparing for Cold and Flu Season

Did you know that 60% of people with flu symptoms leave the house during their illness? Furthermore, 70% of them […]

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Making the home safer

Most hazards around the home are obvious once you are made aware of them. But they are easily overlooked in […]

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Preparing for Hip or Knee Replacement

If your loved one is slated for joint surgery, don’t underestimate the impact. Expect that he or she will have […]

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Life Can Change in a Moment

Job 8:9       “Our days on earth are like a shadow.” Last week, there was a long traffic jam […]

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